Assistant Professor Demi Thomloudis had work included in Duality of Presence, an exhibition that took place at the Super + Centercourt gallery from March 8–14, 2017 in Munich, Germany during the annual International Exposition of Trades and Crafts (Handwerksmesse) and the internationally renowned exhibition, Munich Jewelry Week / Schmuck 2017.
The accompanying exhibition catalog with essay describes the Duality of Presence as taking “an explicit look at a generation of American contemporary makers united by the urge to connect to things and the world. As we grapple with the legacy of [alternative] material use in art jewelry in the age of globalization – we are united in the urgency our works express to identify with and bring insight to what it means to be in the world now. This exhibition was born from a noticeable shared concern and strategy expressed in the work of curators, colleagues, and other makers in the field. Within the field of contemporary art jewelry many reject or limit the use of precious materials associated with conventional jewelry in favor of non-traditional materials, focusing on a formal expression that may be conceptual in some way, or simply aesthetic. However some contemporary practitioners, including the artists in this exhibition, are mining material - calling upon origins, sourcing, histories, and/or supply chain information to embed value into the materials they select and use. This excavation is a powerful tool for authenticating and enhancing their underlying concepts.”
Thomloudis joined the faculty of the School in the fall of 2016. She received her MFA from San Diego State University and BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She was a 2015 nominee for the American Craft Council Emerging Voices Award, and a Society of North American Goldsmiths’ Emerging Artist featured at 2014 SOFA Chicago. Her work is shown internationally in exhibits such as Unclasped: Discovering Contemporary Greek Jewellery at the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne, Australia, at the Museum for Modern Art in Arnhem, Netherlands, and the 2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial. Her work has been published in 500 Plastic and Resin Jewelry and 500 Enameled Objects and The Art of Jewelry: Plastic & Resin: Techniques, Projects and Inspiration.